Books Lately #3 

Hello, friends! It’s been a while since I’ve shared with you my thoughts about books and I’ve read a lot during these months. However, I’ll present you only 5.

a. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

  • quick and easy to read 
  • Alice goes through a lot of odd, yet amusing adventures which made me smile and, at times, laugh out loud (which doesn’t happen quite often) 
  • the book surpassed my expectations

4/5

b. Amerika by Franz Kafka

  • it wasn’t what I expected it to be, however it did not disappoint me
  • as far as I know, this is one of Kafka’s mediocre works (and for a mediocre work, let me just tell you that it’s wonderful) 
  • interesting plot and characters, but some of them needed more development

4/5

c. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

  • one of my favourite books so far 
  • I had to choose between this one and Eat. Pray. Love and I’m glad that I chose this one
  • it has changed the way I think about creativity and the way in which my creative process develops
  • it has also boosted my confidence a lot and made me realize that creativity is a treasure
  • you should all read this book, even if you think you are not a creative person

5/5

d. The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

  • I had to choose between this one and a book written by Osho… I regret choosing The Blue Flower
  • When I read a short description of the book, I thought it was going to be very interesting and that I will love it. I mean, it was supposed to be about philosophy, German culture, poetry and love… aka everything that I love in the same book. It was not at all the case. 
  • Awfully developed plot. One of the worst endings. The ending was also extremely rushed. 
  • The characters lack personality. 

2/5 

e. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

  • I absolutely love this book. One of the most wonderful creations which I’ve read. 
  • I fell in love with Dorian and his mind. His mind is such an odd, yet fascinating place. 
  • The ending was stunning, it transformed the book into a real work of art.

5+/5 

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What have you been reading these past few months? I would love to read all about it! 🙂 

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Books Lately #2

I had a goal for these past couple of months and that was to read two books. Well, I have achieved my goal.  Actually, I’ve read way more than I thought I would be able to. I’ve read 7 books, which is a great thing if you think about it. At the beginning of October I said to myself that two books are enough. I thought I wouldn’t be able to read more because of my busy schedule. Apparently, I was wrong and I’m glad about it!

I will show you guys only 3 of the books which I’ve read. I think they are the most interesting out of them all. If you wanna know which were the other ones you can follow me on Goodreads, by clicking THIS.

  1. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

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  • I knew the story and what was it about before I’ve read the book (thanks Scooby-Doo) but that didn’t make it any less interesting.
  • It started slightly strange and somewhat boring, but the end definitely made up for that.
  • I loved the way Dr Jekyll’s transformation into Mr Hyde was described. It was full of details and extremely fascinating.
  • However, I had high expectations for this book and it kind of let me down. It was good, but not as good as I thought it would be.

Rating 3/5

       2. Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire

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  • I had to read this for school and I thought it was going to be another boring read.
  • It turned out to be wonderful!
  • It is a poetry book and some of the poems were so complex that it was rather hard for me to understand the meaning behind the words.
  • The book is divided into 6 parts and it has a total of 126 poems. Unfortunately, I forgot to flick through the book again in order to see my notes that I made before I returned it to the library. So, I don’t really remember which one of his poems I’ve loved.
  • Overall, great book and I recommend it to anyone who loves poetry.

Rating 4/5

     3. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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  • This is the first book which I’ve read that was written by Agatha Christie and it was way better than I’ve expected.
  • At first I thought it was going to be boring, but OH BOY how wrong I was.
  • I just couldn’t put the book down. It got me hooked big time.
  • The end was so unexpected… it was gorgeous. I almost teared up.

Rating 5/5

If you have any recommendations, I would love to hear them!

Keep on reading. Keep on growing.

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During these past few weeks I’ve been reading a lot. This summer, I traded tv shows for books and I’m glad I did that. I managed to read 5 books, not as many as you would have expected, but that is a pretty impressive number for me.

I’m not one of those people who would rather read than do anything else that might be pointless or not worthy of their time. I’m trying to change that, though. I love books, I love reading, but I’m lazy as fuck when it comes to actually sitting down and starting a new book. But when I do that, I can’t stop haha.

So, let’s not waste any more time with chit-chat. Here are the 5 books that I’ve read this summer.

 

  1.  How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie.

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  • this is a self-help/self growth type of book
  • amazing pieces of advice
  • very helpful for me, cause I’m a shy little bean and hopefully, I’ll be able to use the notes in this book to my advantage
  • about 150 pages
  • 5/5

   2. Legacy by Danielle Steel

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  • the first book that I’ve read that was written by Danielle Steel (I must live under a rock, cause I haven’t heard of her before, either)
  • pretty enjoyable, kinda boring at first, but eventually I got into it
  • the action feels a bit rushed, I wish it had more details
  • the end is predictable, but cute
  • around 320 pages
  • 3/5

   3.Whutering Heights by Emily Bronte

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  • again, I must live under a fucking rock cause I haven’t read this sooner, but hey, better than never
  • disappointed with it… I’ve heard many things about this book, but it wasn’t how I expected
  • too many characters at the beginning and it’s confusing, especially their family status (I always mixed them up)
  • I don’t think that the details help the plot, so the action feels rushed just like at the previous book
  • the ending is the only part that I truly enjoyed, it kinda saves the book
  • approx. 300 pages
  • 3/5

4. Peste mări şi ţări (From the sea to the land beyond) by Mihai Tican-Rumano 

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  • book of adventures, very interesting, beautiful scenes and images
  • lots of details, they made you feel like you are in the described scene
  • exotic places/cultures/people
  • its aesthetics are wonderful, as you can see from the photos above
  • the only thing that ruined the whole book is that there were chapters in which the author described animals that he killed/slaughtered… it was very hard to read, but I managed to finish the book somehow; although there are not many of those scenes, they are very detailed and terrible
  • about 310 pages
  • 3/5 because of the animal cruelty

      5. Borgia! by Michel Zevaco 

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  • one of the best books I’ve read so far
  • it’s about Ragastens, a french knight who goes to Italy to work for Cezar Borgia. The thing is, Ragastens doesn’t know that Borgia is a criminal and pretty much a psycho. Borgia’s love interest, Primevere tells Ragastens about who Borgia truly is and the plot develops from there on
  • such an interesting and well-developed plot, you cannot put the book down once you’ve started reading it
  • plot twist in almost every chapter
  • highly recommend it to everyone who likes romance, history, adventure, some thriller and suspense
  • approx. 320 pages
  • 4/5

Well, this is all lovely people. What have you been reading lately? Do you have any recommendations? I would love to hear them 🙂

Enjoy the last sunny warm days of this year haha. And have a lovely day!

REVIEW: Affaire Clemenceau: Memoire de l’accuse by Al. Dumas-Fils

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History. Romance. Art. And a sprinkle of psychology. If you like these things, then I’m sure you’ll like Affaire Clemenceau: Memoire de l’accuse by Al. Dumas, Fils.

The story is set mainly in France, in the 19th century. The plot follows the life of Pierre Clemenceau, a famous sculptor and his love interest Iza Dobonowska, a poor girl who is trying to become rich.

This is a well-written book with an interesting style. The characters are representative for their era. There is a major plot twist at the end of which you would have never thought.

I definitely recommend it to those who like to read books that focus on the developement of a character and those who appreciate a spicy combination of art and romance.


Notes

  • It was a bit boring from time to time because of the way-too-detailed scenes.
  • It has only 200 pages, therefore it’s a quick read if you concentrate.
  • Overall, satisfactory book.

Rating 

6.5/10

REVIEW: The Wallpaper Fox by Morris Philipson

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If you are looking for an interesting but easy-to-read story about interpersonal relationships and the way people use each other, you should definitely read The Wallpaper Fox by Morris Philipson.

The story focuses on the lives of three rich families: the Warners, the Connolleys and the Taylors. A certain event ruins the harmony between these groups, but also between the members of each family.

The book is beautifully written. It has a well-developed plot and many psychological insights. The characters are believable; some of them change a lot throughout the story and it’s very exciting to follow their journey.

I recommend it to anyone who like psychological books and is up for a quick read.


 

side notes

  • I have the book translated into Romanian and the cover is a bit different, but it’s nevertheless beautiful.
  • I have finished the book in 3 days.
  • I think it’s so lovely and it has lots of interesting ideas about family, friends, loneliness, promises etc.